Friday, 7 February 2014

Rapeman - Two Nuns And A Pack Mule

'Two Nuns And A Pack Mule'
Rapeman
1988

Review By Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Noise Rock, Post Hardcore
For Fans Of: Big Black, Shellac, Polvo, Unwound, Drive Like Jehu

Probably the least popular of Steve Albini's musical endeavours (the name may have something to do with it), Rapeman is actually a pretty neat middle point in his musical career. Stuck somewhere between the agression and provocation of Big Black, and the Shellac's more organic and melodic leanings, Two Nuns And A Pack Mule is as tinny and abrasive as anything Albini related, by just that bit more creative (see the mind blowing 'solo' in Monobrow). Something you'll notice is that the rhythm components seem to be the main thing driving the songs forward, keeping a steady beat while Albini completey tears his guitar apart, coaxing the most metallic, shrill sounds ever committed to wax/tape/whatever since DNA roamed the earth. If you can get past the band's deliberately (and borderline gimmicky) offensive demeanor, Two Nuns... is an excellent noise rock album, and highly underrated if you ask me.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Steak and Black Onions
2. Monobrow
3. Up Beat
4. Coition Ignition Mission
5. Kim Gordon's Panties
6. Hated Chinee
7. Radar Love Lizard
8. Marmoset
9. Just Got Paid (ZZ Top cover)
10. Trouser Minnow

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